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1 This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the minor and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. Awarding Institution University of Southampton Teaching Institution University of Southampton Name of minor Latin American Studies FHEQ level of final award As for the Major programme QAA Subject Benchmark or other Languages and related studies external reference Faculty that owns the minor Humanities Minor Leader Tony Campbell Date specification was written Brief outline of the minor A enables you to: -gain a unique insight into the history, politics, economics and cultural diversity of Latin America -explore Latin America through a range of disciplinary approaches -acquire a knowledge and understanding of a range of Latin American countries and the processes which underpin the evolution of the region 2 Learning and teaching This minor employs a combination of direct teaching, student participation in small group discussions and a small scale empirical project conducted by students. Whilst parts of some class sessions will entail the direct teaching of theoretical approaches and key topics, the emphasis in the seminars is on your active participation in tasks and discussions in order to reflect on theory and practice. Your own independent study will contribute to your understanding and appreciation of the concepts and cases. Each module is supported by selected readings and

2 specialist resources and where appropriate class notes are made available. Staff are available for consultation during their office hours. 3 Assessment Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed in a variety of ways. Coursework, which is designed to ensure that you are working effectively, may include tasks such as essays, class presentations and group projects. Examinations test your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding, often asking you to present an argument within a very limited period of time. Particular assessment tasks are appropriate to the area of study, and the exact nature of the task is determined by the level at which you are studying. The aims of the minor are to: -provide you with a critical understanding of key aspects of the history of Latin America including conquest, colonialism, dictatorships and migration -develop your understanding of how writing, music and film are used for different social purposes such as constructing cultural and national identities -enable you to explore issues relating to the role of language in society by focusing on the Latin American social experience and in particular the role of language in nation building -provide you with a comparative framework to discuss the relationship between the quality of democracy and economic governance in the region -encourage you to engage in research, work independently and ask searching questions -encourage you to consider the ways in which issues highlighted in the Latin American Studies Minor can inform your approach to your main subject and vice versa Having successfully completed this minor you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: -the ideas which are at the forefront of debates in Latin American Studies and the tools and methods for analysis. -the interaction between economic and political actors in the region

3 - the ways in which writing, film and music relate to particular contexts both local and global. -the notion of multilingualism and the crucial role of education and language policy in obstructing or facilitating multilingualism Teaching and Learning Methods A wide range of learning and teaching methods is used. Classroom activities are varied and take into account different leaning needs and subject areas. There is a focus on independent learning which allows the development of individual interests. Assessment methods Formal assessment is a combination of coursework and examination. Depending on the module, coursework can be in the form of an essay, presentation or group project. Module specifications provide details of weighting for each assessment item. Having successfully completed this minor you will be able to: -define and analyse the key issues which are vital for an understanding of the region -set up and conduct a small scale research exercise -critically evaluate current debates in Latin American Studies -gain a better understanding of the different contexts and cultural diversity in Latin America. Lectures They provide an effective means of introducing you to key concepts, theories and case studies which you will go on to explore in more depth through your own reading and research as well as within the context of the seminar. Seminars These provide the opportunity to work in small groups on particular themes and features and to raise questions and seek clarification on issues which emerge in class. Small research projects Both through participating in seminars and engaging in small research tasks you will develop confidence in applying a range of methodological approaches. Availability of Academic staff

4 They endeavour to make themselves available during office hours when you can arrange an appointment for individual guidance. Lecture notes and supporting materials Staff provide their notes and/or links to selected on-line resources which will enable you to return to specific issues and explanations thus allowing you to be in command of your learning Assessment methods A wide range of assessment methods is used to ensure that you achieve the learning outcomes of the Latin American Studies Minor. Having successfully completed this minor you will be able to: -Work effectively to deadlines -Identify and use appropriate resources -Organise your learning and research -Communicate effectively orally and in writing -Work effectively on a group task and participate in class discussions Teaching and Learning Methods Transferable skills listed above are fostered through -effective explanations of theory and analytical tools which equip you for autonomous learning -small research projects involving individual and group work -seminars in which you are required to explain and discuss the exercises/tasks which you have completed -provision of links to resources which enable you to advance independently Assessment methods All assessments are designed to assess the learning outcomes outlined above. Examinations provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to analyse specific linguistic features accurately and clearly under time constraints. Essays test your ability to write analytically and express sophisticated ideas and nuances effectively. Small empirical projects and tasks require you to apply skills which you have acquired and presentations provide the opportunity for you to offer those ideas and analyses in a convincing and articulate way.

5 1 Typical content This interdisciplinary Minor, for which no background on the region is necessary, allows you to explore the politics, economics, history and cultural and linguistic diversity of Latin America. You will draw on a range of countries including Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia as well as being introduced to different disciplinary approaches. You will explore the main turning points in the political and economic history of the region as well as examining local and national identities and how they relate to languages and cultures. N/A The is studied throughout the three levels. You are required to take one module at level 1, two modules at level 2 and two modules at level 3. Each module carries the credit value of 15 CATS or 7.5 ECTS with the minor having a total credit weighting of 75 CATS. To take this Minor, you are required to complete the Year 1, Semester 2 compulsory module which incorporates elements of Latin American history, cultural studies, linguistics and musicology. Year 1 Semester 1 SPAN1001 History and Politics of the Hispanic World SPAN 1003 Narrative and Cultural Identity of the Hispanic World SPAN1002 The Languages of the Spanish-Speaking World Semester 2 UOS.. Introduction to Latin American Studies (A foundation module which introduces students to level 2 and 3 module themes ) Year 2 Semester 1 SPAN2005 Gender,Race and Nation in Modern Latin America SPAN2006 High, Popular and mass culture in Modern Spain and Latin America MUSI2126 Music and Ethnography AIR new module The Politics of Latin America

6 LANG2002 Globalisation Semester 2 MUSI2127 Global Hip Hop PAIR2012 Global Governance SPAN2014 Ethnography of Latin America PAIR2022 Politics of Latin America Year 3 Semester 1 SPAN3007 Cultural Hybridity in Latin America: the local and the global SPAN3004 Barrios and Borders MUSI 3131 Music and Ethnography FILM3016 Introduction to Contemporary Argentine Film Semester 2 SPAN3001 Historical Memory in Modern Latin America PAIR3018 Global Governance PAIR3031 Politics of Latin America MUSI 3132 Global Hip Hop 4 Progression Requirements The programme of which this minor comprises a part follows the University s regulations for Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Undergraduate and Integrated Masters Programmes as set out in the University Calendar [link] In order to qualify for the minor, you must pass all modules that make up the minor. There is no provision for you to be referred in a minor module solely for the purpose of qualifying for the minor. Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the minor and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found on the minor website at (give URL). 1.

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